Skip the usual heart-shaped box of chocolates from the drugstore this Valentine’s Day and give that special someone, and yourself, the sweet gift of stout from Montauk Brewing Company. To celebrate the romantic holiday, Long Island’s easternmost brewery has created a batch of its Guardsman Stout with strawberry puree.
“We wanted to mimic chocolate-covered strawberries,” said Eric Moss, the head brewer and a partner. He added the strawberry puree post fermentation, which he said imparted “some nice fruit flavor and a little sweetness that plays well with the stout’s roasty, chocolaty character.” (It did not change the color.)
Smitten Stout, as it’s called, is not the first time Montauk has used Guardsman Stout as the base for a limited-edition beer. Each November, the brewery harvests and shucks over 20 pounds of Peconic Bay scallops, which Moss then adds toward the end of the boil. “They give a distinct briny finish with subtle salt characteristics and a touch of sweetness,” he said.
Like the Montauk Bay Scallop Stout, the new Valentine’s Day-themed variant will be sold only in the brewery’s tasting room. And starting almost a week before the holiday, “So you’ll have no excuse not to grab a few Crowlers to go with your bouquet of flowers,” he said with a laugh.
Smitten Stout, $14 for a 32-ounce Crowler, available starting Feb. 9 at Montauk Brewing Company, 62 South Erie Avenue, Montauk, 631-668-8471, montaukbrewingco.com.